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Sylvester Stallone sues Warner Bros. over unpaid Demolition Man profits

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Sylvester Stallone has accused Warner Bros. Entertainment of failing to pay him his share of the studio’s revenue from the 1993 science fiction film, Demolition Man.

Stallone’s company Rogue Marble Productions said Warner Bros. claimed as recently as 2015 that the movie was still $US67 million ($88 million) in the hole.

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When Rogue Marble demanded clarification, Warner Bros. sent a check for $US2.8 million without further explanation, according to the complaint, filed on Wednesday in state court in Los Angeles.

“The motion picture studios are notoriously greedy,” Rogue Marble said. “This one involves outright and obviously intentional dishonesty perpetrated against an international iconic talent.”

Demolition Man took in $US159 million in worldwide box office sales, according to the movie data website The Numbers. Under his agreement with Warner Bros., Stallone is entitled to 15 per cent of “defined gross” revenue above $US125 million, according to the lawsuit.

Stallone, 70, who’s best known for the films Rocky and Rambo, seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Sylvester Stallone with Wesley Snipes in "Demolition Man": He has sued the film studio over revenue from the film. Sylvester Stallone with Wesley Snipes in “Demolition Man”: He has sued the film studio over revenue from the film. Photo: Universal Pictorial Press

Jack Horner, a spokesman for Warner Bros., declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The case is Rogue Marble Productions Inc. v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., BC657271, Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Bloomberg

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